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Friederike   Gesing

Senior Research Fellow
University of Bremen (Germany)

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21st century
  • PhD Research (2009 to 2015)
    Working with Nature in Aotearoa New Zealand: An Ethnography of Coastal Protection — DFG International Research Training Group INTERCOAST
    The ethnography analyses coastal protection as a sociomaterial practice. Coastal protection, it argues, coproduces natural and cultural orders. In the context of the Aotearoa New Zealand coast, it follows the emergence of a new sociotechnical imaginary: coastal management working “with nature” – and not against it. The analysis of a seawall controversy and of different coastal protection projects shows how “soft” protection slowly takes hold. Dune restoration volunteers, coastal management experts, surfer-scientists, and Maori conservationists engage in different practices of making coastal naturecultures: Dune restoration as do-it-yourself erosion control, reconstructing native nature, or soft engineering “in concert with natural processes”.
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